Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Robert R. Kirby, Nikolaus Gravenstein, Emilio B. Lobato, and Joachim S. Gravenstein, 2nd ed, 1728 pp, with illus, $125, ISBN 0-7216-8566-8, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders, 2002.
Compressing 21st-century anesthesiology into a 1700-page, one-volume text achieves goals of the editors of and contributors to Clinical Anesthesia Practice, second edition. The 2002 update of the inaugural book (1994) contains new material, new chapters, and an easily readable style geared toward its audience of residents and other trainees in anesthesiology.
Seasoned clinicians will enjoy the first section, "Toward A Safer Practice," which includes chapters on quality management for anesthesiologists, medicolegal concerns, and risk and outcome issues. Quality assurance (QA), improvement (QI), and management (QM) often mystify physicians, given the industrial basis of QA/QI/QM, yet the authors of this chapter reveal how anesthesiology, of all the medical specialties, is uniquely suited to the data-driven premises of QM. The authors give examples of QM indicators and demonstrate how a quality program can develop within the anesthesiology department and along specific care pathways (eg, pain management, cancer care).
AnesthesiologyClinical Anesthesia Practice. JAMA. 2002;287(23):3147-3148. doi:10.1001/jama.287.23.3147